iOS quick tips: How to show timestamps and start a phone call in Messages

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in iPhone edited May 2014
Apple's iOS is a powerful mobile operating system, but many of its most productive features are hidden or simply not well known. With this iOS Quick Tip, AppleInsider shows off two of the least-appreciated features of the Messages app.


Show Timestamps

Show Messages timestamps


What it is: In iOS 7, each message in a conversation -- whether it's an SMS, MMS, or an iMessage -- now comes with a timestamp showing the time the message was sent or received.

How to activate it: Swipe from right to left on the messages window. Any sent messages will slide over to reveal the timestamp for each entry, and they will bounce back and hide the timestamp when you let go.

Start a phone call

Show Messages call controls


What it is: Users can start a new voice call or FaceTime session with another person without leaving the Messages app.

How to activate it: Tapping the "Contact" text in the upper-right hand corner of a message window will reveal extra options below. The phone icon starts a new call, the camera icon begins a FaceTime session, and the information icon lets users edit that person's contact entry. Tapping "Done" will hide the controls.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 20

    Originally posted September 19, 2013....

  • Reply 2 of 20
    Maybe I haven't found it yet but iOS should have a delayed SMS option.
    Just type and set a time for it to be sent out.
  • Reply 3 of 20
    andysolandysol Posts: 2,506member
    Uhh... Aren't you a year late?

    As far as an option messages should have in iOS 8- a way to remove yourself from a group text. I hate waking up to 65 texts sometimes...
  • Reply 4 of 20
    djkikromedjkikrome Posts: 189member
    This is way old info.
  • Reply 5 of 20
    Jailbreak my brothers !!! Jailbreak !!! And there would be a delayed option for sms messages. Idk bout group msgs, but i do kno apple needa stop fucken around and patchen the exploits the evaders use cause they fucken phones is ass without a jailbreak. **** 3.2 for beats BUY THEM EXPLOITS FROM THE EVADERS OR IN 5 YEARS ANDROID WILL BE AHEAD OF THE GAME !!!!
  • Reply 6 of 20
    What apple needa do is buy them exploits from the evaders and stop patchen it up. Their phones suck without a jailbreak, or we would be able to delay sms msgs, idk bout group msgs but i do know they really needa stop patchen them exploits or android gonna be ahead of the game sooner than we think.
  • Reply 7 of 20
    doggonedoggone Posts: 174member
    Good to know this tip. Unless you happen to stumble on this there is no visual clue that something is hidden.
    Another example is viewing ratings in the music app. The list page view has a button for viewing ratings. In the main view there is no clue but if you touch the song title the rating appears.

    I would like to know where all of these tips can be found. Documentation for MacOSX and iOS are not very detailed. Help in iOS is not even available.
    Several times I have looked in the help section and got zero answers to the question I had. After looking online I found the answer.
    Most of the questions are quite straightforward. I wish Apple would spend more time making their help more useful.
  • Reply 8 of 20
    chudqchudq Posts: 43member
    This article sound no more stories about Apple Inc. What really cool thing is to find out a way to show location where a message was sent. Or this is an optional information from "more..." when I double tap the message. If the sender wants to show location, he/she could enable it.
  • Reply 9 of 20
    jupiteronejupiterone Posts: 1,564member
    andysol wrote: »
    Uhh... Aren't you a year late?

    As far as an option messages should have in iOS 8- a way to remove yourself from a group text. I hate waking up to 65 texts sometimes...
    YES! I would love to be able to do that.
  • Reply 10 of 20
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,107member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Drunkzombie View Post



    Maybe I haven't found it yet but iOS should have a delayed SMS option.

    Just type and set a time for it to be sent out.

     

    Can't think of a single meaningful use for this. 

  • Reply 11 of 20
    slurpyslurpy Posts: 5,107member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Andysol View Post



    Uhh... Aren't you a year late?



    As far as an option messages should have in iOS 8- a way to remove yourself from a group text. I hate waking up to 65 texts sometimes...

     

    Why don't you just request those people to stop including you in their group texts then?

  • Reply 12 of 20
    snovasnova Posts: 1,281member

    AI Editors.  It would be great if tips like this were posted more often here on regular basis.  

    I didn't know about the timestamps, very helpful.

    thanks

  • Reply 13 of 20
    jupiteronejupiterone Posts: 1,564member
    slurpy wrote: »
    Why don't you just request those people to stop including you in their group texts then?

    For me, it's not that you don't want to be part of ANY group text, just to be able to remove yourself after you have responded. I will get texts sometimes that start of with "Hey, anyone know when.....blah, blah,..." I may want to respond, but I don't want to hear everyone else's response. Also, if a mass text goes out as an invitation to something and you respond with a No or even a Yes, I don't need to hear all the other responses, some of which go on into the night and next day.
  • Reply 14 of 20
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,591member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by JupiterOne View Post

    For me, it's not that you don't want to be part of ANY group text, just to be able to remove yourself after you have responded. I will get texts sometimes that start of with "Hey, anyone know when.....blah, blah,..." I may want to respond, but I don't want to hear everyone else's response. Also, if a mass text goes out as an invitation to something and you respond with a No or even a Yes, I don't need to hear all the other responses, some of which go on into the night and next day.

    Being able to remove oneself from a group text would make a helluva lot of parents very happy! Kids' iDevices going nuts all evening with meaningless chatter can drive you insane. 

  • Reply 15 of 20
    mike1mike1 Posts: 1,820member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Drunkzombie

    Maybe I haven't found it yet but iOS should have a delayed SMS option.
    Just type and set a time for it to be sent out.



    Can't think of a single meaningful use for this.


    The writer probably wants to fool his boss or girlfriend into thinking he is doing something when he is really doing something else/
  • Reply 16 of 20
    solipsismxsolipsismx Posts: 19,566member
    jupiterone wrote: »
    For me, it's not that you don't want to be part of ANY group text, just to be able to remove yourself after you have responded. I will get texts sometimes that start of with "Hey, anyone know when.....blah, blah,..." I may want to respond, but I don't want to hear everyone else's response. Also, if a mass text goes out as an invitation to something and you respond with a No or even a Yes, I don't need to hear all the other responses, some of which go on into the night and next day.

    I hear ya. Some people just like to respond to a group text like it's an open forum or Twitter when they are really only talking to one person. That ability to remove yourself (as well as the creator to add a person later) would be nice. Having to tell people to stop the group chat and start a new one without you isn't ease-of-use.


    PS: Anyone check how much space they are using with iMessage? I had almost 5GiB of space used on iMessage on my 12.8GiB iPhone. Unfortunately there is no way for it to dump attachments or messages older than certain age so i had to manually delete all conversations and then start over with new ones. This also affected my iPhone backup. Not an ideal setup.
  • Reply 17 of 20
    runbuhrunbuh Posts: 315member
    snova wrote: »
    AI Editors.  It would be great if tips like this were posted more often here on regular basis.  
    I didn't know about the timestamps, very helpful.
    thanks
    Someone else already does: http://osxdaily.com
  • Reply 18 of 20
    zkizzoidzkizzoid Posts: 3member
    Thanks for the tips AI. Make a weekly tip section please!
  • Reply 19 of 20
    Will the time stamps still be hidden on the iPhone 6 or will the larger screen enable them to be viewed without swiping left/right?
  • Reply 20 of 20
    benjamin frostbenjamin frost Posts: 7,203member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DogGone View Post



    Good to know this tip. Unless you happen to stumble on this there is no visual clue that something is hidden.

    Another example is viewing ratings in the music app. The list page view has a button for viewing ratings. In the main view there is no clue but if you touch the song title the rating appears.



    I would like to know where all of these tips can be found. Documentation for MacOSX and iOS are not very detailed. Help in iOS is not even available.

    Several times I have looked in the help section and got zero answers to the question I had. After looking online I found the answer.

    Most of the questions are quite straightforward. I wish Apple would spend more time making their help more useful.

    iBooks has free manuals running to several hundred pages for iOS. All you had to do is look. The built-in help for OS X is extensive, the linked help even more so.

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